This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity.
How many sexist fallacies can you list in one comment on this talk description? You may link to Feminism 101 to save on typing.
My male colleagues laughed a good laugh with me. Then one gentleman, let’s just call him Mr. Jones, said rather matter-of-factly, “I have never thought of you as a woman!” I laughed and replied, “That is one of the best compliments I have ever received in my professional life!”
What played out in that room that day demonstrates, in my opinion, an ultimate requirement one must have in order to be part of a group: camaraderie! If we women can appreciate how important camaraderie is when working with men – and our part in fostering it – the good old boys’ network becomes a lot less exclusive and less of a barrier.
Update: The actual talk had very little to do with the talk description (whew!).